Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Please help us maintain Northern Ireland's royal residence by visiting our beautiful gardens

Please help us maintain Northern Ireland's royal residence by visiting our beautiful gardens

Update 27 November: We are closed from 27 November to 02 December inclusive. The gardens will now reopen on Thursday 03 December in line with updated guidance from the Northern Ireland Executive.

Explore 100 acres of stunning gardens at Northern Ireland's only royal residence. Afterwards, relax with delicious takeaway food and drink from our award-winning café. 

Our stunning gardens are still open

Book your tickets and arrival time online (members go free).

Woman dressed in period costume decorating a Christmas tree

Christmas at Hillsborough Castle & Gardens

Enjoy 100 acres of winter gardens this Christmas season and look out for Santa too!

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The Main Lawn. Showing shrubs in the foreground and trees seen across the lawn.
Things to see

Discover the ornamental lawns, meandering waterways, peaceful woodlands and picturesque glens that surround Hillsborough Castle.

Closed. Reopening Thursday 03 December.

Hillsborough Castle

Included in gardens admission (members go free)

Christmas bauble on blue background with elf figure in foreground.
Families Christmas

Can you find all the magical elves and fairies that are hidden in Hillsborough Castle's enchanted gardens?

11 December 2020 until 3 January 2021 (except 24-26 December)

Hillsborough Castle

The trail take 30 minutes to 1 hour

Included in all admission tickets (members go free)

Close-up of gathered red berries, feathers, red ribbon and Christmas foliage in a basket; collected from the Hillsborough Castle gardens.
Things to see Christmas

Enjoy our festive displays at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens this Christmas.

11-13, 17-23 and 27-31 December 2020

Hillsborough Castle

Included in gardens admission (members go free)

A selection of Christmas tree figure decorations including Henry VIII hanging on a Christmas tree.

Christmas tree decorations

Step into Christmas by decorating your home with our joyful collection of seasonal ornaments.

A family walk through the Lost Garden at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens in autumn 2019. A father is swinging his daughter up in the air as a mother and son watch.

Members go free

Escape to the past whenever you want when you join us today.

Enjoy unlimited adventures at our palaces, a 10% discount in our shops and cafés, and exclusive events when you become a member of Historic Royal Palaces.

Lady Alice's Temple stands on the right hand side of a general view of Hillsborough Castle gardens.

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Support us

As a self-funding charity, we urgently need your help

The new blue and black Heritage Lottery Fund logo for 2019, displayed on a white background

Our supporters

The restoration and re-presentation of Hillsborough Castle and Gardens was made possible by the National Lottery Heritage Fund,
Mark Pigott KBE KSTJ, Garfield Weston Foundation, the Clore Duffield Foundation, the Foyle Foundation, the Wolfson Foundation and other generous donors.

Hillsborough Castle Gardens, looking east across the pond towards Yew Tree Walk.

Make a donation

As a self-funding charity, we urgently need your support. We're facing a £95m shortfall in our finances this year as a result of the Coronavirus. We would gratefully appreciate any donation, whatever you can afford. Thank you.

A group of visitors enjoying a viewing of the Red Room, one of Hillsborough Castle's State Rooms. Two young girls appear in the foreground along with a young couple. A small group of older ladies and gentlemen can be seen in the background having just entered the room. The walls are lined with a deep red silk damask and a variety of oil paintings in gold frames of various sizes fill the walls. A chandelier hangs above a small round wooden table in the centre of the room. The walls are lined with grey and gold detailing.

Volunteer with us

Volunteers support the palaces in many different ways. See what roles we have available and register your interest.